Skip to comments.Bad News in New Orleans (Townhall column By Freeper)
Posted on 09/20/2005 9:13:57 AM PDT by crushkerry
It now appears that the estimate of 10,000 lost souls in New Orleans alone as a result of Katrinas wrath was greatly exaggerated. While New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was the source of this dubious figure, the mainstream media turned it into a tautology. Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes a fact. And a damn good story.
But then rescuers began the grisly chore of searching for and counting the dead. Now you can almost hear the nations assignment editors shouting at the top of their lungs: Thats it!? 700? Oh, you gotta do better than that!
Just as the federal governments response to Katrina provides us yet another chapter in the chronicles of big government ineptitude (a multi-volume series, to be sure), the mainstream medias coverage of Katrina sits shamefully upon the mantle alongside the Jayson Blair saga, Dan Rathers magic memo, the early exit polls results on Election Day, 2004 and countless other examples of mainstream media malfeasance. Simply put, big media is irredeemably broken.
Its wasnt just the demoniac chanting of the mythical 10,000 dead figure, but the perverse and obvious pleasure the on-the-scene gaggle took in covering the aftermath that betrayed their by now eaily recognizable bias for bad news. Writing for TIME Magazine, Kathy Booth Thomas and Tim Padgett come off as ambitious staff writers for Rob Zombies production company. On their first day, at that:
What little life remains in New Orleans is largely devoted to counting the dead, a task so vast and grim that even the city's coroner, Frank Minyard, doesn't hazard a guess at what lies beneath the receding waters. We don't really know what's in the houses, Minyard says, sitting on an overturned fishing skiff in the shadow of the Superdome. He stares down an empty street as two ambulances creep through brackish waters toward Tulane University Hospital and its morgue. Near him, five men in white haz-mat uniforms wait on dry ground to collect bodies. Minyard extends his hand by way of introduction to his city. Tough place, he says.Clearly enjoying the assignment of a lifetime, they added: "he smell of bloated bodies and swamp rot permeates the air."
About those bloated bodies. It seems now that there were more reporters claiming to have seen bloated bodies floating through New Orleans than actual bloated bodies.
Virtually every news agency in the world confidently averred their omnipresence: The BBC (As the flood waters in the city slowly begin to recede, emergency crews face a grim task of recovering bloated bodies amid fears that thousands may have died.); Reuters (But it will still take weeks to dry the city out, and rescue teams expect to find thousands of bloated bodies inside homes that were swallowed in the flood.); the International Herald Tribune (Their bloated bodies floated in the flooded streets, but a week after the storm, a definitive death toll remained elusive.); the New York Times (New Orleans, Flannery O'Connor once wrote, is a place where the devil's existence is freely recognized. But not this devil. Not the devil of bloated bodies floating in muddy waters ) ABC News (The operation to recover the bloated bodies of those killed in the disaster, which struck the Gulf Coast more than a week ago, has also begun in earnest.)
Big Media couldnt swing a bloated cat without hitting a bloated body in New Orleans, but the number of first-hand accounts is being readjusted downward almost as fast as the death toll.
One guy with a unique fetish for the bloated bodies during this whole affair was CNNs Anderson Cooper. Cooper whose Emmy-posturing during his coverage of the recovery efforts would make Susan Lucci blush did his very best to characterize the Gulf Coast as a Republican killing field.
Cooper showed the world a bloated body while on location in the Gulf Coast region. When FEMA and common decency objected, he and CNN sued FEMA so they could show some more. The government cannot be allowed to hinder the free flow of information, said Cooper (or the free flow of bloated bodies, I suppose.) Thats what we say in the lawsuit. Well, yeah, I suppose I agree with him. But there seems to be an unhealthy enthusiasm for bloated bodies among the mainstream press who, by the way, have a general blackout when it comes to images of 9-11 and people jumping out of windows thanks to Islamofascist terrorism.
So in Iraq the motto is If it bleeds it leads. In New Orleans its If it bloats it leads. But toward what end?
The question hardly needs asking at this point. The entire post-Katrina media swarm has Bush Hatchet Job written all over it. Big medias leitmotif was obvious. George W. Bushs global warming caused the hurricane. George W. Bushs budget cuts made it worse. And George W. Bushs oblivion to black people stagnated the recovery effort. Its a neat narrative made more dramatic with higher numbers and puffier corpses. To hell with dignity, objectivity, or the facts.
No doubt the death toll along the Gulf Coast will increase as the weeks roll on. But its already clear we wont touch upon the 10,000 corpses Mayor Nagin promised and Big Media reported. And in a bizarre twist, the macabre, agenda-driven media will be disappointed.
Now that the waters have begun to recede and the recovery effort is well underway, consumer watchdogs are warning against Katrina-related scams. Big medias coverage of this terrible tragedy belongs at the top of that list.
Patrick Hynes is a freelance writer and the proprietor of www.anklebitingpundits.com
He is the proprietor of www.anklebitingpundits.com
Greyhound Ray Nagin is a sandbagger.....
Well written....and it hits the nail on the head.
As I write this, Rush is reviewing an ABC NEWS broadcast that points out that CNN is grossly exaggerating "missing" children as a result of Katrina.
"About those bloated bodies. It seems now that there were more reporters claiming to have seen bloated bodies floating through New Orleans than actual bloated bodies."
Perhaps what they were smelling was the putrescense of their own rotting MSM corpses.
I remember your post Bill. A lesson to us all.
My brother said he heard airhead america host Tokyo Rhodes say that FEMA and Bush were bulldozing thousands of black dead into mass graves. She said this was a huge coverup by Bush and the media is afraid to cover it.
Well, as you know there are people who believe they have been abducted by UFO's.....I used to work with people who thought that the lottery numbers were hidden in the comic pages...and they voted democrat of course.
I am GLAD that these liberals are saying such outrageous claptrap...I think it hurts the left.
I think that our President coaxing the local elected officials to call for an evacuation -- did save thousands of lives. See my tagline.
Let's just say, now we know where the left-wingers get their figures for Iraqi and other civilian deaths at the hands of the evil US military.
Rush is on a roll ~ the black chick that is on the line is great!
Agreed...wish she would run for office !!!!!
Nagin is a moron...people were coming BACK to NO, only to be told by the same idiot, to leave again.
LOL! Did they ever accept delivery of those 40,000 body bags?
Noggin, by getting people to move back to New Orleans before it was safe to do so, is probably helping to increase the likelihood that the death toll could go higher. Maybe that's the idea...death toll isn't high enough, so let's see if we can increase it by putting all these trusting, uneducated types in harm's way.
I'm no brain, but I feel like Einstein compared to this dolt.
And by the way...thanks for posting the article. Very good.
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